Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 2015

Making a little more progress...  The sole is now flat and level.  We'll be insulating, wiring and laying bead board for the next few weeks...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

April 2015

This month we've been working on leveling and sound insulating the cabin sole in the cabin house.  Noel has a cambered deck, we are leveling it out so it is a more comfortable space.  We are also believing that it will pay back a dividend when it comes to building the interior cabinets. 

We are working through the last of the heavy lifting projects that require the big tools to be on board, which has required some heavy lifting of its self!  

That meant that the wood shop has been moved around, all the tools and equipment shifted from the front to the back, and then vice versa.

This is the aft end of the cabin, we are in the process of moving everything back there to do the middle... 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 2015

We've reached the fun stage of the build...  Where other than pulling a new bundle of wires, and swapping out a sensor here, or gauge there it is tough to see where the spools of cable are going.

The engines paint jobs are finished, and the raw water is hooked back up.  We've got new strainers ready to go, and exhaust systems pending review. 

The steering hoses are being pulled, and the shifter cables are in place.  The synchronizer is hooked up...

The crash bilge pump manifold is sweated back together, and the piping reinstalled.  

In short, it's a long hit list from an empty boat hull to a running one, but we are trying to go about it in a logical manner so that what needs to go to each place is getting pulled before the components at each end are laid out with plenty of room to grow.  In other words, we are at the squirrels nest period of wiring where each wire is only to long, once while final positions and chase ways are defined.

Thanks for following along,


Friday, July 11, 2014

June 2014

June's update was delayed...  Hurricane Arthur coming through up-ended the schedule.  No trouble...  With five 100lb anchors set on 3/4 nylon and a row of taylor made fenders Noel weathered the storm. The eye of the storm passed over us, and I went down to make sure everything was still there. 

We've since been painting and cleaning up the engine room, now that the walking surfaces are in place over the framing, and the engines are set back on their bedding. 

Another thing to point out that you can barely see in the pictures, is the addition of limber holes to the floor timbers.  Anyone that has bored 1 1/4 holes with a right angle drill through 4 inches of fir, will understand that this is a a celebratory paragraph.  

We pulled off all the blue foam boards that had been protecting the Awlgrip paint work from damage.  I felt like a kid at Christmas seeing all that shiny paint for the first time in a while...

Since these pictures were taken, we've moved the fuel tanks up to the engine room bulkhead one on each side of the green ladder.  This will keep the boat in her current trim when she takes on fuel...  and give us a bit more access to the shaft alleys the next time we haul up.  The talk is dripless stuffing boxes!   

Thursday, May 8, 2014

April 2014

March, involved lots of clamp boards... lots of sanding... and lots of painting.

Short sentence, lots of hours.  We faired out and slicked out the inside surface of the planking above the waterline so she would be easy to maintain in the future.  This is the first coat.  The paint is a pre catalyzed water based epoxy from Sherwin Williams, which is one of the few that is both tough and tolerable in a confined space.  The fumes of and toxicity of most other products make it difficult to do an engine room without major forced ventilation which we are not set up for.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Out of Sequence...

It has come to my attention, that this blog has been neglected.

 Last Fall:

We built a raised area in the pilot house, and hung bead board under the front windows, and built a helm station.
Jim Bircher built an adapter for us to go from the diameter of the wooden wheels hub, to the hydraulic steering pump.  We wanted everything strong, so it has a shoulder and pillow block bearing support with a variety of shaft collars.  Steering stations shouldn't move.


Sanding work continues...

We are now to the putty stage.  When working in the timber stage, pictures don't really show that anything happens until the fiberglass goes on.  With putty and paint, everything looks like things happen faster.

The Pink stuff is Awlgrip Awlfair.  It is an epoxy based fairing filler, that will hide the weave of the fiberglass cloth.  The plan is to take it to 80 grit finish, let everything sit for 2 weeks and then paint with Interlux Bilgecote.  It is a polyester enamel that is designed and intended for engine rooms and bilges.  It doesn't always like fresh epoxy... hence the waiting period.  We'll then slide the engines back into place and fiberglass the runners where they are sitting, and blend everything together. 

  The two engines that are still in the engine room with us while the work is going on.